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Sole survivor fights for life, benefit concert set, after fatal Slaughter crash

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BATON ROUGE- Doctors fear for the life of the only survivor , of a head-on crash in East Feliciana Parish.

Brenda Gaines, her daughter Denise, four of Denise's children, and a family friend were hit driving back from church near Slaughter.  Five died at the scene, another days later.

Now 13-year-old Roderick Johnson Jr. is in a medically-induced coma at a hospital in New Orleans.

State Troopers say, the man that hit them Brett Gerald was driving drunk. Nearly twice the legal limit.

With funeral expenses near $50,000 the Baton Rouge gospel community is stepping-in.

Reverend Levie Wright Junior is one of several local gospel artists performing for free Thursday night.

Wright says, "When I got the call I didn't hesitate. As a Christian, God says that you need to be there for each other."

Reverend John Gaines lost his wife, daughter and 3 of his grandchildren in the crash and says his faith in God is getting him through.

He explains, "I'm not saying you won't have troubles. But you'll be able to see your way through because god. He'll make a way."

The concert is scheduled for Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. For more information or to take part, call (225) 229-0762.


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